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China s total population exceeds 1.4 billion for 1st time

BEIJING, China – The population of China, excluding Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, exceeded 1.4 billion by the end of last year for the first time since the founding of the Communist-led People s Republic of China in 1949, government data showed Friday, January 17. The country s total population, which also does not include the number of Chinese living abroad, increased by 4.67 million in 2019 from a year earlier, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. The population aged 60 and over was 253.88 million last year, accounting for 18.1% of the total. The figure marks a slight increase on the corresponding figure of 17.9% in 2018, suggesting China s population is aging due largely to its decades-long one-child policy. The policy, introduced in 1979, was scrapped in 2016 amid growing concerns that a rapidly aging population could constrain the nation s economic growth. –

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